Anturol Warnings and Precautions
If you have digestive problems or difficulty passing urine, you may not be able to use Anturol. Safety precautions also include warnings of potential problems that may occur while using this drug, including blurred vision, potentially dangerous swelling, and a decreased ability to sweat. To ensure a safe treatment, talk to your healthcare provider about other potential risks with this medication.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Anturol® (oxybutynin gel) if you have:
- Digestive problems, especially problems that cause a slowing of food through the digestive tract
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Myasthenia gravis
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Warnings and Precautions With AnturolSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include the following:
- Anturol could transfer from one person to another if vigorous skin-to-skin contact occurs, such as during sexual intercourse. In order to prevent this, cover the application area with clothing once the gel has dried.
- In rare cases, this medication can cause life-threatening swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. This can occur quickly, even after the first dose. Seek immediate medical attention if such swelling occurs.
- This product is flammable. Avoid smoking or open flame until the gel has dried.
- Anturol can slow down the digestive system. This can cause problems, especially for people who already have a slow digestive system caused by other medical conditions.
- This medication can make glaucoma or myasthenia gravis worse. If you have either of these conditions and use Anturol, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely.
- Anturol can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Make sure you know how the drug affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
- This skin gel can decrease your ability to sweat, which may increase your risk for heat stroke. Make sure to stay well hydrated in the heat.
- Anturol may react with a number of other medications (see Anturol Drug Interactions).
- Anturol is a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are unknown (see Anturol and Pregnancy).
- It is not known whether Anturol passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Anturol and Breastfeeding).